Agenda Item No. 6
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (CORPORATE RESOURCES): 13 OCTOBER 2015
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 7 SEPTEMBER 2015
C2887 CORPORATE SAFEGUARDING UPDATE (L) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEES – SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH, LIFELONG LEARNING, CORPORATE RESOURCES) -
Cabinet was updated on the work that had been undertaken to improve corporate arrangements for safeguarding and protecting children and adults who required specific Council services and to ensure that these arrangements were effective.
In 2011, the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) and the Education and Training Inspectorate for Wales (Estyn) published a joint report following their investigation into the way Pembrokeshire County Council was managing allegations of professional abuse and its arrangements for safeguarding and protecting children in education services. Significant concerns were expressed in the report about the quality of corporate working to safeguard and protect children by the local authority.
Following that report, the Council established a Corporate Safeguarding Working Group to learn lessons from the Pembrokeshire investigation and to ensure that robust arrangements for protecting children and young people were in place in the Vale of Glamorgan area. In January, 2013, Cabinet agreed a Safer Recruitment Policy for the Council and Schools. The Policy was implemented in April 2013 and was adopted by all Vale schools throughout the Council.
The report outlined that there had been a substantial number of changes in Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) eligibility and administrative arrangements. These had been incorporated within a revised DBS policy and procedure, which Cabinet approved in March of this year. A new action plan was being developed by the Corporate Safeguarding Working Group to address findings from experience, inspection and audit.
Attached at Appendix 1 to the report was the Corporate Safeguarding Update – June 2015 that outlined the safeguarding activity undertaken by the Resources, Learning and Skills and Social Services Directorates.
At the meeting the Cabinet Member for Visible and Leisure Services commented that he recently attended an inset day at Llantwit major Comprehensive School where he represented the authority as a Local Authority Governor.
This was a matter for Executive decision
(1) T H A T the work undertaken to improve corporate arrangements for safeguarding and protecting children and adults be noted.
(2) T H A T Cabinet continue to receive six-monthly reports on work carried out to improve corporate safeguarding arrangements and the effectiveness of relevant policies.
(3) T H A T the report be referred to the Scrutiny Committees (Social Care & Health, Lifelong Learning and Corporate Resources) for consideration.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To note the recent developments in corporate arrangements for safeguarding.
(2) To allow Cabinet to exercise effective oversight of this key area of corporate working.
(3) To respond to requests that each Scrutiny Committee is provided with update reports.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 7 SEPTEMBER 2015